In my journey as a community activist and Chicano advocate, I’ve experienced many fascinating elements that have inspired me but also scarred me to my very soul.
I have fought the Chicano politician who capitulated in the selling out of his community, broke bread with the “Old Man” whom lent the little he had but gave unselfishly of his wisdom, and have shared space with our sons who have fallen victim to a privatized prison system.
I have fought the white dragon of racism and today… today will begin the telling of those many travels.
There are many obstacles preventing the Chicano people from achieving American uni-culturalism, but none more profound than the many differing points of view available within the Chicano community itself on what it means to be Chicano. [Mas…]
(PNS reporting from SAN ANTONIO) All across America, elementary school teachers performed a traditional back-to-school ritual this week — the ceremonial renaming of thousands of boys named “José.” The annual ritual is performed when teachers take roll in the morning: First, teachers call the boys named “José” by new “American” names, typically “Joe,” “Joey,” or […]
An Open Letter to the Denver Public Library Commission: I am writing in response to the so-called “ire” that was reported in the Denver Post regarding the new West Denver library being named after Rodolfo Corky Gonzales. I am an author/publisher and a Denver native. I am also Chicano. My roots in Denver run deep […]
Interoffice Memo To: Samantha From: Tomi Date: July 12, 2011 Subject: Guess what? Scott, the new associate, just offered me the executive assistant job. He says we could do a three-month trial. He’s offering $45,000 a year. What do you think? Tomi P.S. Yo mama is so ugly she makes onions cry.
Late Saturday night, as I searched for some historical images for a new history book I’m illustrating, I saw that Google had finally honored farm labor icon Cesar Chavez with their “Google Doodle.” My first thought (and tweet) was, “Brace yourselves for anti-Mexican, anti-immigrant, anti-Cesar Chavez racist hate from internet Christians on their Holy Day.” […]
(PNS reporting from EAST LOS ANGELES) María de Luz Guzmán Villa had a disturbing realization this week: being a lesbian in grad school does not make her more like the Mexican icon Frida Kahlo. Like many others, Guzmán Villa first experimented with trying to be like Frida, especially her lesbian tendencies, after her first Intro […]
Here’s a video about the album Imaginaries by East Los Angeles band Quetzal, which won a Grammy in the “Latin rock, urban or alternative album” category Sunday night. And here’s an actual Quetzal music video called This Is My Home about East Los:
Ruben Navarrette, Jr. Dr. Rodolfo Francisco Acuña It’s the debate that’s burning up the blogosphere. Talking head and self-promoting Latino expert Ruben Navarrette, Jr. thinks those DREAMers are so SELFISH and LAME and NEEDY that they are drawing attention away from important topics, the most important of which is Navarrette who is no pinche […]
Ramón “Chunky” Sanchez narrates: My name was Ramón, but the teachers called me Raymond; Maria was Mary and Juanita was Jane. But everything changed at school when the new kid came — Facundo. More Chunky Sanchez: Ballad of the Pocho by Los Alacranes (music video)